5 Texts That Could Save Your Life

5 Texts That Could Save Your Life

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Feeling overwhelmed? Alone? Depressed? Scared? If you’re dealing with an issue in your life and not sure where to turn, you have options— one of them could be texting. While crisis phone lines have been popular for a long time, some people just don’t feel ready to talk. Other times, talking on the phone could put you at risk of a perpetrator overhearing. That’s where crisis text lines come into play. Services such as the suicide text number allow you to reach out at your own pace and begin seeking help, even if you’re not ready for therapy just yet. 

Looking for more information about the suicide text hotline and other, similar services? Here’s everything you need to know. 

1. Suicide text hotline

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 800,000 people die of suicide each year — about one person every 40 seconds. Whether you’re considering suicide or having thoughts of self harm, struggling with depression or overwhelmed by anxiety, you can reach out for help by texting the crisis text line. Text HOME to 741741. A trained crisis counselor will receive your text and respond within minutes. They can help you moderate your mood and develop a game plan for facing any next steps. This is a suicide text hotline and so much more — you don’t need to feel like you’re at the end of your rope before you reach out for help. 

Sometimes it just takes another person to help you realize things will get better — and they will. Your crisis counselor can help you do this over text. Help is just one text message away. 


  • Best for: Anyone experiencing a crisis of any kind
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Contact info: Text HOME to 741741 

2. LGBTQIA+ hotline

For LGBTQIA+ youth, The Trevor Project has a devoted text hotline to help you with anything you’re going through, especially if you’re having suicidal thoughts. This nationwide LGBTQIA+ text hotline is accessible by texting START to 678678. If you are considering suicide reach out now. 

The service is confidential and a Trevor counselor will be available to answer your text 24/7, any day of the year. 


  • Best for: LGBTQIA+ youth considering suicide
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Contact info: Text START to 678678

3. Text to 911

In many jurisdictions you can now send a text to 911. This can be helpful for emergencies when your perpetrator could potentially hear your phone call. Make sure you include the exact emergency, your location if you know it, and what kind of help you need. 

Most sheriffs recommend calling 911 if possible because not all 911 centers are set up to receive and respond to text messages. However, many are. It’s helpful to know how to text 911 in your area; research whether this feature is available where you live. 


  • Best for: Those who in an emergency with a perpetrator nearby
  • Hours: Depends on jurisdiction, check your area
  • Contact info: Explain your emergency in a text to 911

4. Crisis hotlines for kids and teens

For children and teens it is sometimes easier to open up to a peer rather than an adult. For this reason, teenagers in Oregon have volunteered to participate in the Oregon Youth Line. Anyone in the United States can text TEEN2TEEN to 839863 between the hours of 4:00pm to 10:00pm Pacific to speak to a teen. Don’t worry about your problem being too big or small, the teens are trained to help you through whatever you’re experiencing. 


  • Best for: Teens experiencing any problem, big or small
  • Hours: 4:00pm to 10:00pm PST
  • Contact info: Text TEEN2TEEN to 839863

5. Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can be a terrifying and overwhelming situation, particularly if you live with your abuser and are unable to hold a phone conversation to reach out for help for fear that that might read your internet history or overhear your phone conversation. If you are experiencing abuse of any kind and would prefer to send a text message to reach out for help you can reach the National Domestic Abuse Hotline by texting LOVEIS to 22522.


  • Best for: Those experiencing domestic abuse
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Contact info: Text LOVEIS to 22522